Private Pilot Course ::
The Private Pilot Program is intended for people who may be learning to fly as a hobby, personal business or who are planning to purchase their own aircraft. With your Private Pilot License you are allowed to take family, friends and co-workers on board your aircraft or the aircraft you are renting while acting as Pilot in Command. The only restriction to acting as a Private Pilot is you are not allowed by the FAA to be compensated for your skills. You must carry a Commercial Rating for compensation for hire.
Heliflight of Michigan is a Part 61 Flight School operating out of Oakland Troy Airport in Troy, Michigan.
The steps in obtaining your Private Pilot License are as follows:
The requirements to obtain a Private Pilots License are:
SFAR 73 concerning R-22 / R44 Helicopters
At least 17 years old
Read, speak and understand the English language
Pass a written test (for which an endorsement is required to take)
Pass an oral and flight test
Possess a Third Class Medical Certificate
Must have all necessary logged ground instruction and present evidence of completion of a course or home study course in at
least the following aeronautical knowledge areas:
FAR's that relate to private pilot privileges, limitations and flight operations
Accident reporting requirements of the NTSB
Use of AIM and Advisory Circulars
Use of aeronautical charts for VFR navigation using pilotage, dead reckoning and navigation systems
Recognition of critical weather situations
Safe and efficient operation of airplanes, including collision avoidance precautions and radio communications procedures
Effects of density altitude on takeoff and climb performance
Weight and balance computations
Principles of aerodynamics, power-plants and aircraft systems
Aeronautical decision making and judgment
Preflight action (airport data and alternatives)
Applicant for the Private Pilot's certificate must have logged instruction in at least the following operations. In addition, the pilot's
logbook must contain an endorsement on the performance of these maneuvers.
Preflight preparation and procedures
Airport and heliport operations
Takeoffs, landings and go-arounds
Post flight operations
Note The Private Pilot-Rotorcraft(Helicopter) Practical Test Standards (PTS) were established by the FAA to mark the standards for the
private pilot certification practical test. The PTS are used by Applicants, Flight Instructors, and Examiners as a guide. At Heliflight of
Michigan believe that all applicants must be trained beyond the standards and only use the PTS as a bare minimum standard guideline.
Heliflight of Michigan places strong emphasis on Emergency Procedures and Safety!
Must have a total of 40 hours of total flight time, comprising of:
20 hours of flight instruction, including at least:
3 hours of cross country flight training
3 hours of night flight training that includes one cross country flight of over 50 nautical miles total distance and 10 take offs
and landings to a full stop, each landing involving flight in the traffic pattern at an airport.
3 hours in preparation for the practical test within 60 days prior to that test
At least 10 hours of solo flight time, including at least;
3 hours of solo cross country
1 solo cross country of at least 75 nm total with full stop landings at 3 points, and one segment of the flight with a straight
line distance of 25 nm
3 solo take offs and landings to a full stop at an airport with an operating control tower
Remainder of the 10 hours(of the 40) at CFI's discretion.
An applicant who does not have the night requirements will be issued a certificate bearing "night flying prohibited"
Privileges and Limitations
A holder of a Private Pilot's Certificate may not act as pilot in command of an aircraft that is carrying passengers or property for
compensation or hire. However, the private pilot may act a pilot in command in connection with any business or employment if the
flight is only incidental to that business or employment and the aircraft does not carry passengers or property for compensation
A private pilot may share expenses of a flight with the passengers only on a pro-rata basis, meaning the pilot must pay at least 50%
of the cost of operating the aircraft.
A private pilot may act as pilot in command of an aircraft used in passenger-carrying airlifts sponsored by a charitable organization
and for which the passengers make a donation to the organization, if the sponsor of the airlift notifies the FSDO at least 7 days
before the flight; the flight is conducted from a public airport; the private pilot has logged more than 200 hours of flight time; no
aerobatic or formation flying are conducted; the aircraft complies with the 100 hour inspection requirements; and the flight is made
under VFR conditions.
** The tables below reflect the FAA minimum hour requirements. The national average hour level for entry level private pilots is 65 or
more hours. Hour level at time of completion varies from person to person. The skill level that must be acquired is both technical
and very complex. There are many factors that come to mind when considering helicopter flight training. Aptitude, discipline, study
habits, frequency of training and mechanical aptitude. Heliflight of Michigan is dedicated to working diligently with each student
to achieve a timely completion of training in preparation for the "Check Ride", Oral Exam and Practical Flight Test. Heliflight of
Michigan trains to a standard of skill and knowledge, and not to the minimum requirements. The actual amount of training necessary
to meet the standard may exceed the FAA minimum requirements.
**Prices are subject to change without notice